It is with a sense of sadness that I write this tribute. I have known Angela for many years. I first met Angela through politics , but soon found out she had many more strings to her bow. Angela was happiest when she was meeting people and doing whatever she could to help others. Many in the party will know she took an active interest in what the local and national Liberal Democrats were doing and contributed to discussion. Angela was well respected across the political spectrum and this week I have had conversations with people from all of the parties, expressing their warmth and respect for her. However many of us will remember Angela for her baking skills and her warm friendly, hospitality when we visited. A cup of tea and a home made bun was always at hand. Her house was often open for fund raising socials and many have enjoyed sitting in Robin and Angela’s garden on a sunny day.
Despite being a busy person, her family were a top priority for her, she made herself available at great personal cost to drive up and down the motorway to York and Bath to look after her grandchildren and visited her much loved daughters. Her family in America were slightly further away but she was in constant contact with them, and my last conversation with Angela was about how she was looking forward to seeing them in America in the Spring. If it was a school holiday we knew where Angela was, she was looking after her family. Angela was a member of the North Staffs play Council and was a critical friend there, giving support and any advice she could. Maybe her love of children generated from her being a nurse and latterly a midwifery tutor. I sometimes met Angela at the hospital, she was always at hand to guide and be a friendly face when it was needed without being overbearing.
Having lived on the campus of the university and latterly in the village, Keele was very much her home, and so for many Angela will be known for her interest in village and university life. She was a member of the PCC, and active in church life, including being a church warden at Keele Parish church for some time. To both roles she brought her energy and enthusiastic personality .
Many will miss Angela and deep holes will need to be filled.